How To Turn Google Chrome Into A Productivity Beast

Mihir Patkar 30-12-2014

The Internet has made us more productive than ever before, and the browser is the gateway to all that productivity. If you’re a Google Chrome user (and if you aren’t, here’s the easy guide to get started The Easy Guide to Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome that is important for any beginner. Read More ), its many extensions and apps can help you turn it into a productivity beast.


Manage Your To-Dos


The to-do list is the cornerstone of a productivity system—although it can make you less productive if you don’t know how to use it right 5 Reasons Your To-Do App Is Making You Less Productive Giving up on your to-do lists? Your problem isn't your ambition or the task planning app you use. The problem is in how you are using your to-do list in general. Read More . Chrome users are spoilt for choice: you can either get a new tab page that doubles up as a to-do list, or use a cross-platform to-do app that offers a Chrome extension. Here are our favourite choices:

There are plenty of other choices, so it’s really up to you. Remember the five commandments to pick the right to-do list app The 5 Commandments for Choosing the Right To-Do App for Productivity Different people organize in different ways. So choosing a to-do app really depends on what kind of person you are. Here are five commandments you can think about for your own productivity system. Read More and go with what works for you.

Track Your Time


Productivity is all about data. To know what works and what doesn’t, you need to track how you are spending time in your browser. If you are getting lost in the world of Wikipedia for far too much time when you should be writing that presentation, that’s not okay. There are some handy services to get your online life under control 4 Handy Services To Get Your Online Life Under Control We're subscribed to so many newsletters, and are members of a countless number of services and social networks, and usually our email accounts are always the first ones to get bogged down with a flood... Read More , but why use a web app when you can have a Chrome extension?


Block Distracting Sites


The Internet is full of tempting headlines waiting to be clicked 10 Sure Signs You've Fallen For Click Bait With The Onion's new satirical publication, Clickhole, the social webs have finally taken a good look in the mirror. If you were unconscious to click bait, it's time you woke up. Read More , but you need to concentrate on your work. When it’s time to get things done, rather than exercising your willpower, just eliminate the distractions. A few cool extensions can block those time-drain websites so you aren’t tempted.

Use The Pomodoro Technique To Work In Short, Focussed Bursts


The Pomodoro productivity technique Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software Procrastination is a malady that pervades students and workers in all corners of the world and it infects amateurs and professionals alike. As a writer, I suffer from procrastination on a daily basis. Some people... Read More is about working for short intervals and taking a break, so your mind is sharp and primed to concentrate. Typically, it involves 25 minutes of work followed by a five minute break.

  • Simple Pomodoro [No Longer Available] is exactly what the name indicates. It’s a gorgeous, unobtrusive extension where you can set a period of 5, 10, 15 or 25 minutes and start working. You’ll get an alert when time’s up.
  • TomaTimer doesn’t look as good, but it’s more customizable. You can set the duration of the timer as well as short and long breaks. The icon also has a counter that indicates how many minutes are left in your session.

BONUS: Play The Right Music For Productivity


With the right sounds to egg you on, you’ll get a lot more done. While not a Chrome extension, you can still open GetWorkDoneMusic in a tab and pin it, so that your tunes are taken care of. If that’s not your scene, find the best music to be productive online Find the Best Music to Boost Your Productivity Online Listening to music helps you focus and get more done, according to music therapists. What kind of music will improve your mood, and make you more productive? And where should you start looking for music? Read More .

What About Firefox?

Chrome users are taken care of with this article, but if you’re on Mozilla’s Firefox browser, do you have similar great extensions to boost your productivity? We’d love to know in the comments below.

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  1. Larry
    April 21, 2017 at 12:08 am

    To really turn "Chrome" into a Productivity Beast, you can also use the Chromium-based Ghost Browser. You can use all of your Chrome extensions (and even auto-import them) and it was built with productivity for tech professionals in mind from the ground up.

  2. brendan
    January 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    pomodoro fans may like kanbanflow

    • Mihir Patkar
      February 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

      I'm a big fan of Kanbanflow!

  3. sshrabah
    January 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

    hi , i know its not the write place to poste a request but can you write a poste on how to use the YouTube++ chrome extension, i looked every where no one had done one.

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 5, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I'll check it out :)

    • sshrabah
      January 5, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      i also want to see some tutorials on the YouTube++ chrome extension, it seems nice